CALL FOR PAPERS For the 2017 International Conference of ISEAS-BUFS

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SUVANNABHUMI 2016-10-12 00:00


For the 2017 International Conference of ISEAS-BUFS

To be held on 25~27 May 2017 and hosted by:

Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS),

Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS),

Busan 46234, South Korea



Conference Theme:

Locating Cultural Characteristics of Southeast Asia as a Whole


The cultural characteristics of Southeast Asia have been chiefly described as “diversity”. It is mainly due to the fact that Southeast Asians have separately been engaged and exposed to various outer civilizations in the course of history. However, Southeast Asia as a region shares the same grid of cultural foundation upon which foreign cultural elements took their roots. As a result, we may find articulations of “uniqueness”, “connectedness”, and “hybridity” in the regional characteristics of Southeast Asia.


Since 2009, the ISEAS-BUFS has been conducted a 10 years research project sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea. The agenda of the research project is “The Recognition and Construction of Southeast Asia as a Holon: Building Southeast Asian Studies on Compounding Area Studies and Cultural Studies”. The concept of “culture” here covers not only art and but also the general intellectual transmission that influenced politics, economy, and society.


We have entered into the third phase of the research project (September 2015 - August 2019). The main research topic of the phase is “Revisiting and Reconstructing Southeast Asian Characteristics and Methodological Quests for Southeast Asian Studies”.


The 2017 International Conference of ISEAS-BUFS invites scholars who are interested in the research theme “Locating Cultural Characteristics of Southeast Asian as a Whole”. Papers may be written on a broad range of humanities and social sciences. Papers on the following sub-themes are particularly welcomed:


  1. Unique characteristics of Southeast Asia.

  2. Adaptation, assimilation, and hybridization of outer civilizations in Southeast Asia.

  3. Special Theme(Research): Methodological quests for Southeast Asian Studies.

  4. Special Theme(Education): How to teach Southeast Asia.


■ Submission of Abstracts/Paper and Journal\nPublication


1) The one-page abstract should contain the basic arguments of the final paper.

2) The final paper should be written in English, 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, and must conform with the Text and Manuscript Guidelines of SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (

3) Submissions should be sent via email to

4) Schedule for Abstract/Paper Deadline of abstracts, accompanied by Curriculum Vitae: 20 November 2016

  •    Submission of Full Papers (for selected abstracts\nonly): 15 April 2017
  • 5) After the Conference, presented papers are expected to be improved and/or revised by the authors for submission to SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, for consideration of publication. The articles will undergo a peer-reviewed process.


  • ■ Privileges for the Conference Participants


    1) Individual Participants (including participants proposing a panel):

  • Individual participants shall be invited according to the merits of the paper proposal.

  • Participants proposing a panel shall be invited according to the merits of the paper proposal based on the theme of the proposed panel.
  • The invited individual participants and panel participants will be provided a round trip air ticket to Busan, a 3-night free hotel accommodation, and a city tour in Busan.
  • Regardless of the travel distance, the subsidy for the cost of air tickets could not be exceeded USD 1,000.
  • 2) Panel Participants sponsored by other institutions Any panel proposal sponsored by other institutions shall be prioritized by the Conference.

  • The panel participants sponsored by other institutions will be provided a 3-night free hotel accommodations and a city tour of Busan. No subsidy for the air tickets will be provided.
  • Upon request, the institutional title of the panel organizer or sponsor shall be posted in the list of the Conference sponsors.

  • ■ Contact to:


    Dong-Yeob KIM, Ph.D.

    HK Professor

    Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies

    Office: +82-51-509-6642, Mobile: +82-10-8786-2184, Fax: +82-51-509-6649